Mindfulness in Organizations
Science-based mindfulness practices are a critical component of patient care and wellness. Learn how mindfulness consulting and training play a pivotal role in integrative medicine and reduce provider stress and burnout.
Mindfulness-based training for employees, leaders and executives has a proven track record in many organizations including Google, Intel, Aetna, and General Mills. Research-based mindfulness practices will reduce the negative effects of stress, promoting healthy changes in employees and leaders.
Stress and anxiety are significant challenges for college students. Supported by over two decades of research, mindfulness training will help students to reduce stress, increase concentration and improve performance.
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As a mindfulness consultant, I have had the privilege to work with professionals in corporations, healthcare and universities. Through the design and delivery of customized mindfulness programs, I have helped hundreds of individuals, teams, and leaders to manage stress and increase productivity….
I enjoy consulting with athletes and coaches, developing mindfulness skills to increase performance. These skills apply to all of us — we are all athletes in the challenging game of life.
I have been reflecting on my work within healthcare and how mindfulness is an integral part of mind-body research. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in healthcare, has played a pivotal role in the rise of integrative medicine.
“Yikes,” I thought during a recent run, “my mind is a bit toxic!” Typically, running is a mindful and peaceful experience for me — my attention effortlessly focused on just running. It’s meditation in motion. But not so during this run.
Sometimes we enjoy the company of our own thoughts. Pleasant thoughts, constructive thoughts, thoughts that support our taking action — this genre of thinking is helpful. Yet at other times, our thoughts can be troublesome — negative, intrusive, obsessive, ruminative … we’ve all been there.
Awarenessing. Verb. Definition: The deliberate action of creating and sustaining a state of awareness.
Within seconds of entering Springfield Hospital, a severe rain and wind storm suddenly took control of all things outside. “Wow,” I thought, “I was really fortunate this time. Usually rain is attracted to me like a magnet.” I mentioned my near miss to a colleague who replied: “You dodged a bullet!”
As I’m gearing up for a run, I’m pondering the topic for this mindfulness blog. After selecting just the right gear so I’m neither too hot nor too cold for an eight mile run, I finally get myself outside. After a couple miles my mind wanders, reminding me that I need a blog topic. I let the thought go and return my attention to my running. Then the lightbulb goes off. What I’m doing right now - mindful running, is the blog!
Integrating mindfulness into our lives has many benefits. When we are more aware of the present moment, we have access to a richer experience of life. When I find a deeper sense of presence, it can feel like I’ve opened a door. I step through into an experience of life that is more vibrant, more fulfilling. Mindfulness helps to find this doorway to presence.
I began my meditation practice about 30 years ago. It’s easy for me to remember when I started practicing mindfulness because it was one year before my daughter was born. When she was about three years old, she would frequently find me when I was meditating and fall asleep in my lap. This was a delightful meditation perk!